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Are viral gastrointestinal infections serious?

Without treatment, and particularly when they strike the young, the old, those with weakened immune systems, and the ill, viral gastrointestinal infections are potentially deadly. They are a leading cause of death for children living in poorer, non-industrialized countries. All children are especially vulnerable since they can become dehydrated much faster than adults because of their small size.

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